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May 2011

May 28, 2011
Subject: Meet Rainbow

Actually Rainbow has been around for awhile and is the mother of the four St. Louis Hall kittens. We could never trap this wily tortoiseshell; I spent many a weekend morning with my super duper drop trap baited with cat food, sardines, chicken, bacon-nothing tempted her. Finally she seemed to vanish. Would she be back in spring with kittens?
Imagine our surprise when she showed up again, not with kittens, but with a tipped ear! Someone had gotten her spayed. We thank the anonymous spayer of cats, but we also thank Rainbow, mother of four of the most fantastic kittens ever,. Just ask the lucky adopters: Jo Ann Rivas, Tanuja Singh, Rosie Cutting, or me. Thanks for your support.
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May 25, 2011
Subject: Best Friends

Cats have a way of overturning commonly-held beliefs about themselves. You've all heard the expression "fight like cats and dogs." It doesn't have to be that way; cats and dogs raised together in a loving environment can enjoy great friendships as evidenced by Kathe Lehman-Meyer's multi-named "Backdoor Kitty" and his canine buddy.
Another belief about cats is that they are solitary creatures who avoid even their own kind. Not true of Sunny (former St. Louis Hall kitten) and Cricket, our current campus rescue. These two share a friendship filled with wrestling, chasing, and grooming. Like all For Paws fosters, Cricket is well-socialized, affectionate, and playful. He would be a perfect companion/playmate to a home-alone cat. If anyone is interested in adopting Cricket, please let me know. Thank you for your support.
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May 20, 2011
Subject: An Unexpected Happy Ending

Last week Br. Cletus notified me about a new tom cat hanging around his studio behind the Center for Legal & Social Justice. I trapped the cat (named him Picasso), got him fixed, and returned him.

Turns out Picasso is a friendly, talkative cat well-known to CLSJ employee Irma Hurd who had named him Chatter Box. He is such a nice cat that Irma wanted to find him a home of his own. She succeeded, and now Chatter Box will live with Irma Alvarado (Law Admissions). A big thanks to Br. Cletus for the heads-up and to both Irmas for their kind hearts and good deeds.
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May 10, 2011
Subject: Meet Cricket

A kind-hearted St. Mary's student saw a four-week-old black kitten as she was leaving campus during Oyster Bake. Some revelers were tossing empty plastic beer bottles at the little creature. (Is this another case of superstition-driven cruelty or just alcohol-fueled stupidity? Either way, the kitten clearly needed to be rescued.)

The student contacted us, and Nettie and I strongly encouraged her to either keep the kitten or find another home for it. (At the time our three foster homes weren't able to take on another visitor; however, we did offer to pay the kitten's vet expenses.) Unfortunately, the student could not keep the kitten-roommate issues-and after a month of trying to get him a new home or into a no-kill shelter, she appeared at the library yesterday with the kitten.

Long story short: Cricket is at my house. He's been to the vet, got his first kitten vaccinations, flea meds, deworming, etc. Cricket just needs to grow a bit before he can be neutered and move on to a forever home. I'll keep you posted on his progress; please share his story and photos. Thanks for your support.

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May 4, 2011
Subject: Stress Relief

Posted on St. Mary's Facebook page by Minita Santizo (international Education Programs):

"ONLY AT ST. MARY'S: While walking to the Library I saw a student studying deep into her book, while petting a purring cat on her lap. A nice and homey sight! :)"

Whether you're deep into a book or a computer, a For Paws cat (Crema, in this case) is always available to purr away the stress. Thanks to my colleague Kathy Amen for this great photo and to Minita for the appreciative comment.

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Comments? Email Caroline Byrd or call Caroline at 436-3430, ext.1317.

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